Book City Hay-on-Wye

• Book City Hay-on-Wye

Hay-on-Wye - is a small market town and community on the banks of the River Wye, Powys (Wales), adjacent to the border with England. He is often described as the "city of books". And in fact, Hay-on-Wye has attracted a large number of book lovers who are more than 40 shops in the city to find almost any second-hand books. The city also held a literary festival, which attracts more than 80,000 publishers, writers and literature lovers from around the world at the end of May each year.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

It all started in 1961 when a certain Richard Byt engaged in trade, and opened his first secondhand shop in the old fire station. He hired a couple of strong men from the city and went with them to America, where at that time was covered with many libraries. There he bought the books and sent them to the containers back to Hay-on-Wye. With joined this initiative, and in virtually every store were shelves with used books other library over time to sell.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

By 1970, the ninth year the town has become known worldwide as the "city of books". Today, the city attracts about 500,000 tourists a year.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

In the town of many small shops where you can sell vegetables, fruits, fertilizer for plants, herbs, spices.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

One of the small second-hand shops in the city.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

Among the numerous bookstores the most unusual and delicious ones, which are called "honest bookstores." These stores sometimes no more than a shelf on the wall, usually with no sellers. Users simply select the book, and the money they put in a small box.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

Boxing, which put a money for books.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

On the territory of the village there is an interesting store, located near the walls of the castle of Ai - the fortress of the 12th century in the heart of the city. This "open" bookstore consists of a large multi-tiered wooden shelves built into the wall of the castle, which lined up the book. In front is a small box with a slit and white sign that says "pay here".

Book City Hay-on-Wye

Starting in Hay-on-Wye since 1988 has been held the "Festival of Literature and Arts", which is held here annually is now already for many years. During the existence of the festival it has been visited by authors such as David Saymon, Stiven Fry, Salman Rushdie and Simon Singh.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

Visitors to the city in one of the shops open.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

Specifies the cost of books.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

A small shelf with books on the street.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

One of the second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

Large bookshelves with books.

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One of the second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

the ancient streets of the city Hay-on-Wye with bookstores.

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Little girl reading a book in a secondhand bookshop on the street.

Book City Hay-on-Wye

The narrow old streets.